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Household with mother(-in-law) means fewer kids


Women who live with their own mother or their mother in law in the same household have, on average, fewer children than women who only live with their spouse.

Martin Fieder and colleagues, evolutionary anthropologists from the University of Vienna, report this on the basis of intercultural data of 2.5 million women worldwide. Until now, evolutionary biologists have assumed the opposite. The study appears in the renowned scientific journal "Royal Society Open Science". [read more]


Huber S, Zahourek P, Fieder M.: Living with own or husband's mother in the household is associated with lower number of children: a cross-cultural analysis. 2017

Four generations of women on a direct maternal line. August, 1931